Fine Art. Folk Art. Photographer. Designer. The artlife, my artlife just keeps getting bigger!
**First I have to thank those dear friends that supported me last year at Artown and those that drove all the way to Reno to support me this year! Also every word of encouragement in person and in messages - they were so important in this endeavor! Without that type of personal cheer squad I'd be sitting back home on the couch! You know WHO you are! smile THANK YOU!
The truck hasn't been unloaded and the first cup of joe is underway...
Reno is Artown's Showcase Nevada experience is still buzzing through my mind! I did it! I took my art scarves and set up my booth right at the McKinley Arts Center main door foyer! I used a tall merchandise rack, which I borrowed, and set up my 6-hour "workstation" with zeal! The day was hot, and the foot traffic was slow and steady. For me, the day was blessed!
side note: Being able to see the banks of the Truckee reminded me of all the years I lived in Reno while attending UNR. I've sat by the river. I've floated the river. I've even taken a few hundred photos of that river. Families were out yesterday. Bikers were out. It's a beautiful area right there off Keystone. The grass, the path and the trees. It's vastly different from the Humboldt River that I live by in Winnemucca. I was wishing I had booked a room downtown just for enjoying the Reno Riverwalk!
Crowds came. Kids, Dogs, Several ladies noticed the branding colors/images intentionally placed throughout the booth. I gave away several reusable shopping bags with my image/website and that is a marketing tool I love!! A Nevada marketing guy was "brewing" up business across from me all day and that was a bonus. One woman from the lake commented about the quality of the stitching (mine) and the creative edge I have on this "textile" market. One lady bought herself a scarf and a coffee cup although they were two different photos along the same theme. She also commented that she once took photographs and that it was something she was thinking about taking up again! That made me smile! One woman bought a Christmas gift for her mother in law, also a photographer. She suggested creating Christmas in July signage for next year's event! Another lady bought a scarf with my signature orange flower with the Artown art I designed for last year's.
I do have to say that men also commented positively on the booth. Two men in particular, were interested in more of a neutral or solid colored scarf with a single photo image for winter wear. I gave that suggestion considerable weight because I do know guys that like to wear winter scarves. The wheels are already turning...
Many people loved the western flare and rural Nevada photos. One fellow Marketplace participant thought I should just have the scarves sent out for reproduction right now... that's not my intention... but I took the advice with an appreciative smile!
The face to face connections and feedback about my process and product were invaluable! Exposure and participation completely outweighed the sales factor. The next step is to take a wild leap into retail/consignment for the holidays. It'll be a first! Stay tuned for details.
Last comment. Thanks to the Reno Nevada Small Business Development Center and Made in Nevada for the invitation and all the hard work your team put forth to make this event such a huge success! This group of vendors were certainly unique, ambitious and enthusiastic! There were A LOT of Artown events yesterday and Showcase Nevada brought folks out! Congrats! Well done! You guys totally rock!